AN EXAMINATION OF WHEATHER OR NOT WOMEN ARE TREATED DIFFERENTLY THAN MEN
ESSAY SUBMITTED TO
DR. JIM UNDERWOOD
IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE
DEPARTMENT OF MASTERS IN BUSINESS
22 JUNE 2012
The Glass Ceiling: Are women treated differently?
Throughout all of history, women have been seen and treated differently than men for many reasons and in all aspects of life. Women are regarded differently from men in the home, in churches, at school, and even in the business world. This may not always necessarily be a bad thing, but in the work place, specifically, is it a benefit or a deterrent to regard women differently? Should it make any difference at all if an employee or manager is a woman, or should corporations see women exactly the same way as they see men? These are all important questions to ask when entering into any business, either as an owner/manager or as an employee. The way a corporation sees women can and often will define the atmosphere of the work place. In this study, an observation will be made in comparison to the private sector compared with the public job sector. When focusing on the public sector, the majority of the influences will come from the local law enforcement and the United States military. When dealing with the private sector, a great portion of the analysis will come from small and large corporations. It is important to understand that we will all have pre-conceived opinions as we enter into this study. The purpose of this study, however, is to look at this issue from all sides. It is important to observe the benefits of seeing women differently as opposed to seeing them the same as men, and it is equally important to observe the negative aspects of seeing women treated differently than men. Throughout this study, a constant observation will be discussed to confirm whether or not women are truly treated differently from men in work place. With all of these observations, it is important to remember that whether or not women are treated differently does not question their equality with men. In this study, an observation of equality is not what is at hand but the treatment of women versus the treatment of men at the work place. I. Overview of the Issue
The great issue that arises when determining whether or not women are treated differently than men poses a possible problem. If it is in fact determined that women are treated differently, then what is the proposed “fix”? Is it necessary that the “problem” be fixed at all? Also, if it is determined that women are not treated differently than men, then what are the necessary actions that need to be taken to ensure that the same conclusion is true for all work environments? The underlining issue here is to determine where the fine line exists in the work place that distinguishes between men and women. One of the issues that grows in corporations between men and women is that women are often considered a flight risk while men are considered visionaries and work-horses. Does the woman’s number one role lie in the workplace or in the home? Do women define themselves in regards to their work, as it is often believed that men do, or do they define themselves by what they do in their personal life? These questions will be discussed in the opposing viewpoints throughout the study. With statistics showing that men make over 40% more than women, it is easy to believe that America might have a silently deadly problem that is going unnoticed or unchanged. This is why it is important to first observe why women might be treated differently than men. II. Women are treated differently in the work place.
According to polls and statistics, women make less money than men by 40 percent (Fairness indeed. Washington Times, The (DC)). Women are seen as a potential risk for the financial wellbeing of a company, some...